Aida Munoz was recently crowned the 2018-19 Reina at Eastern New Mexico University. The social work major discusses what being named Reina means to her.
Why did you decide to run for Reina?
I wanted an opportunity to better integrate into college life since I am a transfer. The Reina platform allows me to do so while being a voice for the Hispanic community.
What is the process of becoming Reina?
The process for becoming Reina was very simple- I was to fill out an application, introduce myself, present a talent or item culturally significant, and answer a public speaking question in front of judges.
What does it mean to you to be named Reina?
I am given the chance to represent the Hispanic culture and be recognized for my cultural pride to younger generations.
What are your responsibilities as Reina?
I am expected to attend any Multicultural event- especially banquets, volunteer 2 hours per week at the Hispanic office and attend their weekly meetings.
What part of being Reina do you look forward to the most?
I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning about their unique cultures as well as getting to know the ENMU community.
What advice do you have for students who may be interested in running for Reina?
Do not doubt your knowledge, culture or yourself. Show the world the beauty of Hispanic culture!
What do you hope to pursue as a career?
My goal is to graduate with my bachelor's in social work and get my license to start working in the field, perhaps beginning in a school.
What do you hope to achieve in your career?
I hope to be able to make a positive impact in someone's life; it would serve as a purpose to mine.
What are your other goals?
My dream is to move back to Texas, where I'd build a house on a farm with goats and chickens.
Why did you choose to attend ENMU?
My family from Clovis, New Mexico, was a big influence on choosing ENMU, some attended and loved the school and environment.
What would you tell Future Greyhounds about ENMU?
I would recommend ENMU to future students because it is welcoming, and it offers so many opportunities for students to be involved and enjoy their college experience.
What is your classification? Expected graduation date?
Junior, May 2020.
What are your extracurricular activities?
I used to volunteer my time at my church assisting for Sunday school and on a couple occasions through my job at Old Navy.
What high school did you attend and year did you graduate?
I attended Crowley High School in Texas, class of 2015.
Tell us about your family.
My mom, Mirza, works as a machine operator for Mother Parker's Tea and Coffee. My dad, Raymundo, is a metallurgical technician for Green's Specialty Inc. I have an older sister and brother; Vianey is a CPA, and Junior is working on getting his master's in divinity. I also have a younger sister, Gabriela who just started middle school this year. I am the proud "tia" of Grace and baby Nolan, who was born 9/19/2018.
What are your hobbies?
I love spending time doing arts and crafts or baking, just letting my creative juices flow.
I hope to make the Hispanic community proud- if I can assist in any way or have questions do not hesitate to come to me. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for ENMU, and I am honored to be a part of it!